Republic's census reveals fewer Catholics and more divorcees

The first Census in Irish history to record same sex civil partnerships and marital status was released today, logging a total of 6,034 same sex couples in Ireland.

The number of divorced people in Ireland has increased to 103,895 (18%) since 2011.The number of separated people increased slightly to 118,178 (from 116,194 in 2011).

This decrease though could perhaps be offset by the more than doubling of the number of people now holding dual-Irish nationality since April 2011.

But in total there were 6,034 same sex couples, 6,884 men and 5,184 women.

Almost 10% of the population - 468,400 people - indentified as having no religion, which is an increase of 73.6% on the last Census.

The number of people in Ireland who don't hold Irish citizenship has fallen to 535,475, or 11.6 per cent of the population, according to the Central Statistics Office.

The number of renting households went up 22,323 from 2011 and with an increase in overall permanent housing units of 48,257.

There were 63,633 males in the county in April last year, up 4.72% from 60,763 five years earlier while the number of females in Louth jumped by 5% from 62,134 in 2011 to 65,251 in April 2016.

Numbers divorced/separated continues to increase - 7,341 people were divorced/separated in Donegal, a rate of 4.6%, compared to the national rate of 4.7%.

The CSO said the number of migrants rose by 43,636 to 810,406.

There was a 9% increase in the number of people identifying as ethnically Chinese to 19,447 and a 19% rise in those classing themselves as ethnically Other Asian, the census found.

He said: "Another interesting statistic is the fact that 125,300 people declined to answer the religion question at all so the increase in those with "no religion" maybe even higher". More than 28,000 were Irish nationals, while over 54,000 were non-Irish - mainly coming from the UK, Brazil and Poland.

Also, 612,018 people living in Ireland speak a foreign language in their home, with Polish the most common, followed by French, Romanian and Lithuanian.

Of that 1.76 million people, 73,803 spoke Irish daily outside the education system, 3,382 fewer than 2011.

On the housing front just under 1.7 million homes were occupied on census night and 312,982 of them had no internet.

  • Leroy Wright